77 Heartbreaks (2017) - Hong Kong
Reviewed by Andrew Chan
Director Herman Yau is a man of many genres and being his third blockbuster release in 2017, 77 Heartbreaks show precisely why Yau remains a grounded in his roots in making a heartfelt and touching local film on pitfalls of modern romance. Starring the matured Charlene Choi and the much improved performance from Pakho Chau, we get a film that touches upon forgiveness, love and ultimately letting go. All of these are cliche themes of the genre, but Yau is a far better director than the popular Patrick Kong and is far less self indulgence in his approach. The result is an unsurprising affair that works in both a touching and real manner.
Charlene Choi have grown a lot in terms of acting prowess and continuing on from Herman Yau's Sara, Choi manages to show both social reality as well as relationship dynamics in modern Hong Kong woman. In contrast, Pakho Chau is simply a man-child, yet to grow up and unable to accept broader responsibility and restrain from other women. Kara Hui as Choi's mother, pretty much steals the show as the long suffering wife. Anthony Wong shows up as Choi's lawyer film boss and Francis Ng turns up with a camera. Twins duo other half Gillian Chung plays the film's title book seller.
All in all, this is a far superior effort than anything that came out from Patrick Kong's factory and similar to Break Up 100 reins, this film touches on real issues and breakdown of modern relationships. 2017 is a good year for Yau and with three hits on the belt, we are likely to see more of him shortly. This is a touching and suitably emotive film that manages to connect and rejoice, even if it does get bittersweet. Learn to forgive and let go.
I rated it 3.5/5
Out on DVD and Blu Ray at: NeoFilmShop.com